Innovating for Growth: Seizing Supply Chain Opportunities and the Future of the UK Steel Industry

Join us at this half-day conference as we examine how the steel sector must innovate to survive in a fiercely competitive market.

With global overcapacity at record levels and low cost regions rapidly moving up the value chain, can innovation and a future focused UK steel sector not only survive, but grow?

Join us at this half-day conference as we take a close look at the automotive industry and the growth strategies they are employing.

The conference will be followed by the UK Steel Biennial Lunch. We hope to see you there.

Who should attend?

Small companies: MD, Manufacturing, Operations, Production Managers/Directors from the steel and metals sectors

Mid-Corporate: Operations, Production, Manufacturing Managers/Directors, Continuous Improvement / Business improvement managers/leaders, Change Managers from the steel and metals sectors.

Those working or with an interest in R&D

This event is open to both Members and Non-members

Why attend?

  • To address the challenges facing the UK steel industry.
  • Discover new emerging technologies that require innovative engineering steel solutions.
  • Hear how the World Steel Association is addressing the challenges facing the steel industry in the global marketplace
  • See how The Proving Factory is a unique engineering, manufacturing and assembly organisation for the UK automotive industry.    
  • Find out how the High Value Manufacturing is putting British innovation in pole position.
  • Learn how the Automotive Strategy can influence the steel industry.




Registration and coffee

Great Hall

UK Steel Forum

Telford Theatre


Welcome and Introduction

Gareth Stace, Director, UK Steel


The Rt Hon Anna Soubry MP, Minister of State for Business and Enterprise, BIS

Government response to the recently published Metals Sector Strategy


HVM Catapult - enabling innovation in UK manufacturing supply chains

Dick Elsy

Chief Executive of the UK's High Value Manufacturing Catapult


Delivering ground-breaking innovation for tomorrow’s society

Andrew Woods

Business Development Manager, Tata Steel Speciality Steels.


Low Carbon innovation in the automotive sector

Jon Beasley

Director - Technology & Projects at Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) UK Ltd


The innovation challenge for the steel sector

Edwin Basson

Director General – World Steel Association


Panel Session – Changing perceptions

Chair : Gareth Stace

UK Steel Biennial Lunch

Great Hall


Refreshments and networking


Biennial Lunch

· Jon Bolton, Chairman, UK Steel

· Special Guest Speaker, Alastair Campbell






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